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CAS Asked to Leave
September 18, 2009 permalink
“Clan mothers” order CAS out of Six Nations?
The Brant Children's Aid Society (CAS) has been asked to leave the reserve by the end of the month, according to the manager of the Native Services branch on Six Nations. Karen Hill said the demand came via a letter signed by Carol Jacobs and Janice Henry on behalf of Six Nations clan mothers who want child welfare taken over by their group, the newly created Haudenosaunee Child and Family Serivces. None of the clan mothers or anyone representing Haudenosaunee Child Services would comment. Janice Henry directed Turtle Island News to Gwen Styres as a spokesperson for the group. On Friday Styres promised to send a press release outlining the clan mothers' position. It was not received Tuesday. "As far as I can understand it, a letter [dated September 1] has been issued from Haudenosaunee Child and Family Services to (Eleced Chief) Bill Montour saying that we have 30 days to vacate the territory," said Hill.
Source: Turtle Island News, undated article retrieved September 18, 2009.
Thanks to a loyal, and anonymous, reader for finding this story.
Addendum: Here is a conflicting story from another paper. Maybe the two sides are fighting it out with press-releases.
Band council backs CAS office
Posted September 23, 2009
-Despite an ongoing dispute where some Six Nations clan mothers want to see the Children's Aid Society moved off the reserve, the elected band council has affirmed the office's role.
Council voted Tuesday to allow the native branch of the CAS to continue in its role in child welfare and protection by including a trained band representative in the process of any CAS investigation. There are currently 254 Six Nations children in the care of the CAS. Some community residents have complained that many of those children end up in off-reserve homes.
The CAS has said there aren't enough eligible family members on Six Nations to take all of the agency's clients.
Source: Brantford Expositor